Matthew Pahl, Executive Director
  • matt@nmccs.org
  • (505) 842-8203 ext 102

Matthew Pahl, Executive Director

Matthew Pahl is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools. He is celebrating his 10th year in education reform in the state, which began as a first-grade teacher and included positions with the state Legislature and as the Policy Director at the Public Education Department. Matt believes education is the fundamental tool to achieving equity in our country, and is interested in how varied academic programs and organizational structures can help improve public educational experiences for all. He received his B.A. in History from St. John’s University in Minnesota and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Kelly Callahan, Director of School Quality and Support
  • kelly@nmccs.org
  • (505) 842-8203 ext 101

Kelly Callahan, Director of School Quality and Support

For over 30 years, Kelly has dedicated her career to reaching “At Promise” (also known as “at risk”) students. Her professional experience includes work as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, charter school principal/head administrator, PED charter school oversight; an educational consultant and, now, as the Director of School Quality and Support. Kelly was the founding principal of SIATech Charter School in 2004, a dropout recovery school that served students wishing to return to high school. In 2008-09, Kelly was honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as the New Mexico Secondary Principal of the Year. She was the first charter school principal in the United States to receive this honor. In September 2011, Kelly took the position as General Manager/Interim Director for the Charter Schools Division at the NM Public Education Department where she served as staff to the Public Education Commission (PEC) and technical support for charter schools chartered by the PEC and for district Authorizers. Kelly also serves as a community volunteer with Mission: Graduate an initiative of United Way of Central New Mexico. Kelly’s passion and commitment to charter schools and the charter school movement is a perfect complement to Matt Pahl’s leadership as they strengthen the NMCCS in advocacy and support for the New Mexico charter school movement.

Donna Vanlandingham, Office Manager/Member Services Coordinator
  • donna@nmccs.org
  • (505) 842-8203 ext 103

Donna Vanlandingham, Office Manager/Member Services Coordinator

Donna’s career in education started almost 30 years ago as a volunteer in her oldest son’s kindergarten class. She worked for APS before entering the charter school world. She joined the Coalition in July 2015 after spending 11 years at a local charter school as the STARS Coordinator and Executive Assistant. Donna has been married for 38 years and has two sons and 4 grandchildren.